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  • Kyiv will leave talks with Moscow if its troops, anchored at the large Azovstal metallurgical complex in Mariupol in south-eastern Ukraine, are killed by the Russian military, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky warned on Saturday, again calling for a meeting with his Russian counterpart. Negotiations between Russia and Ukraine have not led to any apparent progress and “skating”, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.
  • US Foreign Minister Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will visit Kyiv on Sunday, the Ukrainian president said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will travel to Russia on Tuesday, where he will meet Vladimir Putin for the first time since February 24, and then travel to Ukraine two days later to be received by Volodymyr Zelensky.
  • In Odessa, “eight people have died at this stage and 18 or 20 more are injured” during the Russian bombing, according to a new report announced by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky at a press conference in Kiev. Russia used high-precision missiles to destroy the hangar, which housed many weapons sent by the United States and European countries in the city of Odessa.
  • Six civilians were killed on Saturday in Russian air raids near the village of Girsk in the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, the regional governor said in the evening. “Throughout the day, the village of Girsk suffered heavy Russian strikes,” Sergiï Gaïdaï wrote on the Telegram.
  • The strategic port of Mariupol, which Moscow claims to have “liberated” it, still resists Russian forces, says Kyiv, according to which Ukrainian fighters continue to fiercely defend the huge Azovstal metallurgical complex, where civilians are rooted. Vladimir Putin accuses Kyiv of preventing the surrender of Ukrainian fighters.
  • A new attempt to evacuate civilians from Mariupol to the city of Zaporozhye failed due to “disturbance by the Russian army,” Piotr Andryushchenko, Mariupol’s mayor’s adviser, said in his telegram account.

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